South End Whole Foods to feature patio seating, liquor sales

The Boston Licensing Board today approved requests from Whole Foods to offer patio seating to shoppers who can't wait to get home to eat their meals and to sell the sort of beer, wine and spirits Whole Foods customers would expect.

At a hearing yesterday, a Whole Foods attorney said the chain plans on 103 indoor and 112 outdoor seats at the store being built as part of the Ink Block development on the old Boston Herald site on Harrison Avenue between Herald and Traveler streets.

The board also granted the chain a retail package-store license. The attorney said the store would not be selling anything distasteful like nips.

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Ok. I did.

Shaw's (Pru)
Giorgiana's (South End)
Truong Thanh (Chinatown)
Sagarino's (Leather District)
Fort Point Market (Fort Point)

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$2.99 bottles of very decent chardonnay, and other wines. Beats Trader Joe's in that category, actually. The wine selection at the Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge rocks.

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the $17 6 packs of organically brewed, locally sourced, fair-trade beer.

Dirt cheap ghetto booze.

211 is an evil fortified malt beverage. Think of it as the polar opposite of anything you've described.

A can, when I lived in Seattle before 2007, was around 99 cents and 2 or 3 would all but kill you.

You'd also get strange Hieronymus Bosch beer madness dreams and wake up with an urge to slit your wrists. I figure it was chemical residue from 'manufacture'.

That's when you'd reach for the Ruble, a comparably cheap form of vodka.

Fortunately, I abandoned such pursuits while I still had a liver.

Vermouth, by the way, is derived from wormwood, Artemesia Absinthum, a very common weed.

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This is all new and strange info - glad you and your liver are still functioning.

concerning Artemisia

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love it

thanks for providing another example of invasives we should be harvesting & using for some purpose rather than attempting to eradicate using noxious herbicides while lining the pockets of for-profit chemical giants (some of whom admittedly also deal in herbicides on which our global-scale ag industry remains dependent)

volunteer colonies of Artemisia stink from such a distance they seem to call out to urban foragers & wildcrafters from blocks away, even with my allergy-sufferer's sinuses - and yet they languish neglected, ready to populate more vacant land each year

unfortunately although still a drinker, i'm not a mad fan of vermouth, so i can't say i'm doing my share

(those still uncertain about harvesting urban wild plants for ingestion can send off a tissue sample to the lab at UMass to test for heavy metals, etc.)

I chew it occasionally

as a kind of natural palate cleanser.

There are a bunch of its relatives that have a long history as useful herbs, tansy, yarrow and wild carrot. But then there is also poison hemlock, extremely toxic.

It resembles wild carrot or Queen Anne's lace in flower structure but is generally much taller and in slightly wetter ecotones.

Plant identification is a great way to hone perception skills

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ha! you put that stuff in your mouth? you may not care, but i'm seriously impressed - your palate is far more intrepid or just plain broad than mine - that stuff is stinky! :) ewww, my mind reels - wouldn't wild mustard be a palate cleanser a tad easier on the heart rate? (joking: i know nothing of evidence on ingestion of either genus on heart rate)

i'm pretty sure that artemisia can be toxic, too, depending on the usual factors of species, plant part, growth stage (etc.) - toxicity may be increased in drier soils or sites, though - it's interesting to me that you see it more in moist sites - i feel like i see it spread often along abandoned rail lines & other dry, low-fertility urban waste sites, many of which have upland characteristics

one question: how is wormwood related to QAL? i don't get that connection - isn't Art. closer to Aster? like the others you mention, Achillea, Tansy, etc

now that i think about it, haven't those all been used as insect repellents in one place or generation? for strewing or animal stalls if nothing else

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Want to enjoy Artemisia absinthium? Drink absinthe.

'Cept that a bev by that name

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'Cept that a bev by that name does not necessarily not contain any absinthe. Most spirits labelled as such are a blend, and standards for methods and ingredients are virtually non-existent. I believe some are liqueurs.

Never mind their cheap wine

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Do they sell hard liquor (gasp!). I like bourbon and brandy. And beer. I bet it's overpriced. Just saying.

What isn't overpriced in the

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What isn't overpriced in the city of Boston.
You want cheap booze? Then get yourself to the NH State Liquor store on Rt. 28 in Salem, NH. Stock up.

The guys at pine street will

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The guys at pine street will be very pleased about the liquor store/outdoor seating combo.